Bill Black Bill is National Director of Strategic Business Solutions at Haworth, a Michigan based, leading global manufacturer of modular interior solutions for commercial office space and is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
A Quantity Surveyor originally hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, Bill obtained his degree at Napier University, while at the same time serving a six-year apprenticeship with Gibson & Simpson, a prominent well-established firm of Quantity Surveyors. Bill received his B.Sc. in 1987, and worked with two other similar firms until moving to Canada in June 1991.
Bill worked for 2 years in the Edmonton branch of a Toronto based Cost Consulting firm until 1993 after which he spent 6 years as a Senior Estimator and Account Manager with a large Calgary commercial sub contractor before joining Haworth in October 1999 in the Architectural division.
Bill quickly applied his expertise to the evaluation of movable walls and raised floors as well as the entire modular approach to commercial interiors. Bill’s extensive travel over the years has taken him all across North America working on projects and business development activities. His construction and cost consulting background has enabled him to assist prospective clients, their design teams and contractors evaluate the change in scope and overall cost effect of implementing high performance buildings and workspaces. These financial validations cover a holistic breadth of cost in terms of first cost, cost of ownership, tax depreciation and overall value of high performance real estate solutions to each organization.
Bill is an ASID Distinguished Speaker, a LEED Accredited Professional and a featured speaker on the value of design, high performance, sustainable real estate and modular-interior construction process and costing. In April 2008 he joined 250 other Canadians in Montreal to be trained by Nobel Laureate Al Gore in the Climate Change program and is now a certified presenter on Climate Change.